VARIOUS ARTISTS – ” The Wall [Redux] ” Pink Floyd Cover

Posted: November 14, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Magnetic Eye Records‘ exhaustive undertaking to re-envision Pink Floyd’s concept masterpiece THE WALL in its entirety from end to end in sequence, featuring some of the most iconic artists in heavy music today alongside some of the most exciting newcomers. I love the concept of these Redux albums, and the execution is amazing!

Comfortably Numb, but damn this was worth the wait. Absolutely delightful from side A to D. You can tell the amount of respect each artist has for the original material. It’s hard to overstate the cultural significance of Pink Floyd’s 1979 canonical album The Wall, and countless artists since have taken liberties with their own versions of the record’s songs. Sludge doom’s favorite prolific weirdos the Melvins have joined this lineage with a very special re-imagining of the album’s opener, which will appear on the compilation The Wall (Redux),

Incorporating into the experimental nature of the original their own brand of tone-in-cheek peculiarity, Buzzo and the gang have out-stranged Pink Floyd with campier organ tones and their signature gut-rumbling guitar fuzz. The cover’s warped tonality make the creep-out antics of the sweetly sung lyrics play out like an unsettling love story.

A good rule usually of thumb for covers is don’t do them unless you are either 1) completely revamping the song and giving it a different feel and sound, or 2) improving on the original. Pallbearer has definitely achieved No. 1, and only time will tell if Pallbearer have done No. 2, but we’ll be damned if they aren’t pretty close.

The Arkansas crew have taken on the Pink Floyd favorite “Run Like Hell,” one of the highlights of 1979’sThe Wall, and given it their own riffy feel, bringing the classic-rock staple into the now. Instead of David Gilmour’s simple reverb-heavy guitar lick, the melodic-doom quartet opts for a chugging, churning approach, leaning heavily on the gallop that exists in the original and bringing it to the forefront. And don’t worry, there are plenty of Pallbearer-isms to spare, from the soaring guitars to the masterful vocals. Pallbearer’s “Run Like Hell” cover is part of a Pink Floyd The Wall tribute album by Magnetic Eye called “THE WALL [REDUX]”, a stoner/doom-leaning compilation of tracks that match that of the iconic LP. Joining Pallbearer are names that range from the Melvins to Mark Lanegan to Ruby the Hatchet, each taking one of the album’s classic cuts.

The Wall (Redux)sees each track of the album recreated by a contemporary heavy artist, from newcomer cult rockers Church of the Cosmic Skull taking on “The Trial,” to established Gen X rocker Mark Lanegan lending his signature rough-edged vocals to “Nobody’s Home.” “I am a fan of early Pink Floyd and late period Floyd but was never really into the really famous records in between,” Lanegan says in response to a question about his own appreciation of the band. “Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets and More were my jams. And in the late ’80s I enjoyed A Momentary Lapse in Reason and even The Division Bell from ’94. “But honestly it’s the two Syd Barrett solo records that to me are true genius, and if I were going to listen to any Floyd-related tunes that would be it. The Wall is a work of undeniable greatness, an unparalleled work of art. There are so many fantastic songs that it’s practically a greatest hits record. But I’ll be damned if I know what its contemporary relevance is.

Check out the full track listing below.

Tracklist:

Side A
1. In the Flesh? – The Melvins
2. The Thin Ice – Low Flying Hawks
3. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1 – Ghastly Sound
4. Happiest Days of Our Lives – Sergeant Thunderhoof
5. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 – Sasquatch
6. Mother – ASG

Side B
1. Goodbye Blue Sky – Mos Generator
2. Empty Spaces – Domkraft
3. Young Lust – The Slim Kings
4. One of My Turns – Worshipper
5. Don’t Leave Me Now – Spaceslug
6. When the Tigers Broke Free – Year of the Cobra
7. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3 / Goodbye Cruel World – Greenleaf

Side C
1. Hey You – Summoner
2. Is There Anybody Out There? – Scott Reeder
3. Nobody Home – Mark Lanegan
4. Vera – Ruby the Hatchet
5. Bring the Boys Back Home – Sunflo’er
6. Comfortably Numb – Mars Red Sky

Side D
1. The Show Must Go On – Open Hand
2. In the Flesh – Solace
3. Run Like Hell – Pallbearer
4. Waiting for the Worms – WhiteNails
5. Stop – Blue Heron
6. The Trial – Church of The Cosmic Skull
7. Outside the Wall – Yawning Man

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Released November 9th, 2018

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